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Severe Weather Notification

In addition to the information below, a banner will appear across the top of the UI homepage if and when the UI issues a weather-related Hawk Alert.

Weather and Road Conditions

Severe Weather Policy

Whenever possible, the University continues to function during inclement weather. Regularly scheduled classes meet to the extent that students and faculty are able to travel to campus and attend classes. Individuals should use good judgment and avoid serious risks in traveling to campus or in attending classes. Link to full policy.

Area School Closings and Cancellations

Check for up-to-date area school closings, delays, and area event cancellations:

Make Life Easier—Ride the Bus

When the weather's bad, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by taking the bus. Also, if there are fewer cars on campus, crews can do a better job of clearing snow from the parking lots. Check out the schedules:

Need a jump-start?

The University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Department is offering to jump-start vehicle batteries for employees, students and visitors parked on the UI's main campus.

The service is offered on an as-available basis from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The service is not offered on university holidays.

To request service, call 319-335-8312. A dispatcher will gather contact information and other details and provide an estimated arrival time. To help service providers spot the vehicle, callers should raise the hood and wait in or near their vehicle.

Parking and Transportation Department staff cannot provide mechanical assistance or advice. If a vehicle will not start after getting a jump, the driver will be encouraged to contact a professional service provider.

Snow Removal

Crews begin shoveling snow at 5 a.m. or earlier, with the goal of having most of the snow cleared from campus streets, sidewalks, steps, and other areas (including Oakdale) by 7:30 a.m. Plows head onto campus from the Madison Street shop and move outward through their routes.

Who to Call

If you have concerns about unsafe conditions or snow removal in a specific area, call one of the numbers below:

  • To report a problem in a parking lot, call Parking and Transportation at 335-8312. 
  • For all other areas, call Facilities Management Work Control Center at 335-5071.

Event Cancellations

To report a canceled event call 335-0557 or write to